Beauty therapy student Scarlett Bareham and hairdressing apprentice Luke Myers triumphed as Highbury College hosted the southern heats for the WorldSkills UK Hairdressing and Beauty Therapist heats.
Luke, who works at Green Mango Salon, said: “I’m amazed I even got through to the regionals and to be placed third is amazing considering I didn’t feel worthy of even taking part.”
Sponsored by L’Oréal, the hairdressing heat consisted of three stages including ladies long hair styling, gents fashion barbering and a ladies commercial cut & colour.
Luke added: “It has lifted my confidence – 100 per cent it was from meeting the wonderful judges, watching some amazing talent from the other competitors and the support from my College was fantastic. It was worth the weeks before feeling nervous and late-night practicing. I’m looking forward to the next chance to leave my comfort zone but would like to wish everyone in the finals good luck!”
Team Leader for Hairdressing & Beauty Therapy Lyndsey McKenna said: “We’re very proud of how well our students and apprentices did in the heats. It’s a privilege to host a prestigious competition like WorldSkills UK, and it’s a great opportunity for our students to show off their skills, as well as see the talents of other students and apprentices across the region. We’re now keeping our fingers crossed for Scarlett and Luke – good luck!”
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